The purpose of this project will be to implement a community-university partnership involving parents, public school districts, and area autism spectrum disorders (ASD) specialists in designing and delivering a personnel preparation program. This program aims to help meet the increasingly critical challenge in personnel preparation by training a diverse population of students to become highly qualified early interventionists/early childhood special educators capable of meeting the needs of a wide variety of children with disabilities (birth to 5), including children with ASD. Through a collaborative effort, the present program will be revised to ensure infusion of competencies designed to create leaders in the implementation of evidence-based practices for working with young children with a diversity of disabilities and cultural backgrounds. Unique program features will equip personnel with the competencies needed to provide direct service or to facilitate inclusion of children with ASD. Through enhancement of courses, a new summer course followed by supervised fieldwork, and a series of Saturday workshops, the trainees will study and demonstrate those program/curricular practices that research identifies as being effective with children with ASD as well as other disabilities.